The perks of being clerk (to the chief judge)

It’s no secret Judge Randy Koschnick isn’t well-liked by his peers in the Jefferson County courthouse, and among the reasons cited for some of the discontent is the special treatment given by Koschnick to his staff.

In a letter written by Jefferson County Judge John Ullsvik to Administrator Gary Petre outlines that special treatment, which consists of Judge Koschnick’s judicial assistant being allowed to work 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., meaning that for the last hour of each work day, only two judicial assistants will be available for Jefferson County’s four judges, and when a judicial assistant is on vacation or ill, there will be only one judicial assistant for the four judges to split during the last hour of each work day. In his letter, Judge Ullsvik goes to note the special treatment received by Judge Koschnick’s judicial assistant is part of a longstanding pattern of special treatment on the part of Judge Koschnick:

These special hours of employment for Ms. Schwefel, are a continuation of longrunning special treatment by Judge Koschnick. When he was a new judge, we discovered he was approving over-time pay for Ms. Schwefel for work from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Some of us objected to the impact of such over-time pay to our budget and we were assured it would stop. Later we learned Ms. Schwefel was continuing to begin work at 7:00a.m. and was receiving compensatory time resulting in many weeks of additional vacation time for her.

To read more on Judge Randy Koschnick, venture into my archives.


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